Bangalore International Centre had arranged the screening of the film “Jharu Katha- Broom Stories” Directed by Shri. Navroze Contractor, on Thursday, 8th December, 2011 at 6:00 pm. The Director was present to interact with the audience after the screening.
The brilliant documentary which revolved around the lives of broom-makers had taken the audience to a different world altogether. The film travelled through the remote corners of rural Rajasthan and by-lanes of Jodhpur city and engaged in conversation with a wide spectrum of broom-makers. Their struggle for livelihood was intersected with different stories of the broom provided by women and ritual attendants of shrines, traders, municipal sweeper and garbage collectors.
The film covered a wide ground in opening contradictory values and belief-systems of the broom. It explored different traditions revolving around the broom.
The Cameraman- Director, Mr. Contractor shared his experiences with the audience about the making of the film. He said his interest in still photography inspired him to direct this movie. He had seen the lives of the broom-makers closely.
From the interaction it was clear that several stark facts about the people who provide this basic necessity to nearly a billion people in our country were largely unknown to the audience. It was indeed a reality check.